This is a unique scentl. It does not smell like the sticks. Nag champa sticks and nag champa dhoop cones smell variation. The dhoop cones are manufactured in a different way than the incense sticks which are always hand rolled and the process of inducing the fragrance is totally different. The dhoop cones may smell differently when they are lit up is because the incense stick is even from start to finish and has a consistent burning flash point which emits the same fragrance naturally, whereas the dhoop cone have an inconsistent burning flash point because of its conical thickness, shape and size. Hence, its fragrance is also emitting the after burn effect which slightly alters the fragrance.